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To prepare students to work as entry-level phlebotomists. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the national phlebotomy certification exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathology or other credentialing agencies. If program graduates choose not to pursue national certification, they may still be employed as entry-level phlebotomists.

Program Information

RCC has contractual agreements with the region’s health care facilities to allow students in the College’s health care programs to have clinical learning experiences in those health care facilities. Because phlebotomy clinical learning experiences must be provided one-on-one, it may be necessary for students to complete required clinical experiences following completion of classroom instruction due to space availability at area health care facilities.

The terms of the contractual agreements state that the College agrees to require students to:

  • Meet the appropriate health requirements, with certification, prior to their clinical placement. This will include, but not be limited to: rubella/rubeola immunity, TB testing (PPD) on an annual basis or as indicated by OSHA regulations, HBV immunizations, and a urine drug screening in designated health care facilities.
  • Provide documentation of immunity by verification of two MMR’s or titer.
  • Have current student nurse malpractice/liability insurance.
  • Be oriented to the health care facility and complete safety tutorials.
  • Carry hospitalization insurance with year-round coverage, as students must assume financial responsibility for any injuries incurred during clinical activities.
  • Be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (Health Care Provider CPR) annually, or as required by agency policy.

In addition, facilities may require students to provide a criminal background check.

Phlebotomy students are responsible for providing immediate documentation of credentials to the Phlebotomy instructor. The credentials include: PPD or chest x-ray, hepatitis B vaccine and titer, tetanus vaccine, two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines and/or titers, and chicken pox (Varicella Zoster) or titer. These must be validated by means of official medical/laboratory documentation, CPR certification, professional malpractice/liability insurance, and physical and dental examinations must be validated by means of official documentation.

Phlebotomy students are responsible for submitting documentation of renewals for TB Testing, malpractice/liability insurance, health insurance, and CPR re-certification to their instructor.

Phlebotomy students are encouraged to obtain blood sample titers that validate active immunity to communicable diseases. The blood sample titer must be drawn to confirm that the student has, indeed, become immunized. A booster may be required.


Students interested in applying to the Infant and Toddler Care program must apply for entry to both Rappahannock Community College and Northern Virginia Community College. Valid First Aid and CPR Certificates must be presented at the time of completion of all course requirements in order to receive this Career Studies Certificate.

# Title Lecture Lab Credit
ENG 111 College Composition 3 0 3
HLT 143 Medical Terminology I 3 0 3
MDL 105 Phlebotomy 2 3 3
MDL 106 Clinical Phlebotomy 4 6 4
Approved Elective1 3-4 0 3-4
Total 13-14 0 16-17

Total Minimum Credits: 16-17

1Approved Electives: ITE 100, ITE 119, college level MTH, CHM, BIO, or NAS 161
Sequence of Courses: Students must satisfactorily complete MDL 105 prior to MDL 106.

Note: A student may choose to take only MDL 105 and MDL 106, and, upon completion of these two courses, become a candidate to take the National Phlebotomy Certifying Exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Students who choose this route will not receive the Career Study Certificate, but must have CPR for Health Professionals Certification, a Criminal History Report, a physical examination, and immunizations.

Total Minimum Credits: 16 or 17


Student will be required to purchase uniforms and other supplies. The course instructor will provide a more detailed list on the first class/laboratory meeting.


The clinical experience is designed to provide the student with the entry-level competency in routine blood collecting techniques used in the clinical laboratory. The certificate may serve as a springboard into other healthcare programs.

Completion of the certificate will enhance the student’s qualifications for promotional opportunities.


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